There are few extreme activities more thrilling than skiing off the beaten path in the mountainous back country of North America, and this is where avalanche safety schools can save lives.

In these desolate places, one can never know if a deadly avalanche is around the corner. There’s no better way to survive one of nature’s most awe-inspiring displays by being prepared and educated ahead of time. The courses are offered all over the United States and Canada, and offer exercises like timed searches for beacons, deep snow navigation, differentiating snow types and efficient searching methods. 

The high-end courses feature instruction from certified mountain guides and avalanche experts. These courses should be essential for anyone who wants to ski and explore the slickest, steepest and snowiest peaks in the world.